St Stefanus - Blonde August 2012 Release - Belgian Beer



St Stefanus - Blonde August 2012 Release
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St Stefanus is an unpasteurised high fermentation beer that has been refermented in the bottle.

It is brewed using three different yeasts, one of which is the Jermanus yeast strain from Sint Stefanus. This combined with the unique process, gives the beer its distinct flavour.

The artisan recipe takes three months to complete before cellar release, creating a smoth beer with a depth of flavour that cannot be duplicated by quicker, more modern methods.

St Stefanus continues to mature and change with age, up to two years, allowing you to choose how you want your beer to taste.

Developing character with age, your tasting experience will differ depending on how old the Blonde beer is when you choose to enjoy it.

3 Months: Fresh and Fruity
St. Stefanus Blonde pours a light golden colour with a good head that stays, lacing the glass as you drink it. It has a sweet caramel nose, with aromas of grapefruit, green apple, clove, cinnamon, banana and balancing hints of peach. On the palate it is balanced by a touch of sweet caramel, finishing with a dry, hoppy astringency.

18 Months: Spicy and Aromatic
The golden colour has deepened and warmed slightly and the head has a more delicate, mousse-like texture. The citrus fruit aromas of the young beer have become more like candied peel, with hints of apricot and mango. On the palate, the sweetness has matured into deeper, orange marmalade notes with flickering hints of vanilla, toffee and almond. Altogether it's rounder and more complex; a beer to savour.

Category(s):     Lager

Producer: St Stefanus   -
ABV:   7%
Brand:   St Stefanus
Country of Origin:   Belgium
Style:   Blond


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Producer Information

The city of Ghent is an undiscovered gem in Belgium with a rich brewing history. Sint Stefanus is an Augustinian Order in Ghent that dates back to 1295, when the monks were first allowed into the city. The original floor plan of the monastery still exists, which confirms the brewery on site. This is the birthplace of St. Stefanus Belgian abbey beer.

Monks in most religious orders began brewing beer as a way to serve their community, offering a safe and nutritious alternative to the unclean drinking water. Known as Trappist beer, monks would use this drink to sustain themselves during the fasting of Lent and also shared it with the beggars, pilgrims and patients in the hospitals they established. Travellers were welcomed at monasteries with beer, bread and cheese in exchange for a small donation to the order.

By the year 1494, Ghent had around 100 breweries, each serving a handful of cafes. Ten of these were run by the monks from their abbeys and monasteries and for centuries the monks controlled the brewing practice. By 1645 the number of breweries had grown to 550, but as Ghent's importance waned, the number of brewers began to dwindle. There were 99 breweries in 1900 and the last brewery in the city disappeared in the 1970s. One new microbrewery opened its doors recently, but the Van Steenberge Brewery is now the city's closest original brewery.

To this day, only seven Trappist beers continue to be brewed by monks within the walls of their religious order, six of which are in Belgium. Although the brewing of our speciality beer has moved to the Van Steenberge Brewery nearby, a strong relationship exists between the monastery and the brewery. Because of this link, St. Stefanus is a Belgian abbey beer with a rich history that is now protected by both the Augustinian Order at Sint Stefanus and our family of humble, devoted brewers.

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